06/20/17 Bria Skonberg – With A Twist Trumpeter CD Giveaway

Of all the instruments I play the trumpet is my favorite.  Much like the piano it is a clean and clear sound.  While I love listening to the trumpet by its self this CD is a collaboration with Bria Skonberg and other talented artists to bring a beautiful and mellow jazz sound.  If you’re looking to increase your music collection this is a must a have cd.  It goes great with a glass of wine, by the pool or even alone.




Bria Skonberg releases “With A Twist … In Every Sense” Bria is a fabulous vocalist and trumpeter mixes it up on her NEW Okeh Records Album.  The euphoric buzz of New York, over cocktails on the edge of evening, alive with possibilities…anything goes.


Vocalist, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg re-imagines it all on her new OKeh/Masterworks album, With a Twist. Coming off a recent Juno Award (Canada’s version of The Grammys) for her first OKeh collection, Bria, Skonberg spins her cool and confident vocal style—and her sleek and timeless jazz chops—into a program that playfully nods to tradition while always looking ahead. With a Twist.


Of the mood she was going after on With a Twist, Skonberg says: “The inspiration was love and adventure, and the many twists and turns and tunnels you can get into. It’s a little about my time in New York, a little bit of cocktail culture. The musical inspiration was a modern-day Esquivel, Perez Prado, maybe some Spike Jones. It’s just important to me to put some love and positivity out into the world right now.”


With a Twist reunites Skonberg with producer Matt Pierson, whom she credits with helping her realize the album’s concept. The album features 5-time Grammy winner Gil Goldstein (who arranged six of the tracks and plays keyboards and accordion), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Scott Colley (bass), Matt Wilson (drums).


More than romantic fantasy is casting the spell on With a Twist. Skonberg deftly pays tribute throughout the album to some great singers who influenced her. The opening track, “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” offers a deep bow to Nina Simone. “Alright, Okay, You Win” (arranged here with “Soul Bossa Nova” – a Quincy Jones tune) summons the cool of Peggy Lee. “It’s Oh So Quiet” is Björk’s memorable twist of a song Betty Hutton first sang in the early 1950s; Skonberg says she has loved it since hearing the Björk recording in her car as a high school student in Chilliwack, British Columbia.


Also included is “High Hat, Trumpet, and Rhythm,” a hot tune by Valaida Snow, the American jazz singer and trumpeter who became a worldwide sensation in the 1920s and 1930s. Fresh takes on “Cocktails for Two” (with a hint of Spike Jones’s antic style); “Whatever Lola Wants” from Damn Yankees; and “Back in Your Own Back Yard” (a 1920s-vintage favorite of singers as diverse as Al Jolson and Billie Holiday) round out the golden-age standards.


Two more recent songs – Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” and an instrumental version of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” – show that Skonberg, for a seasoned jazz baby, has a way with the music of her time. The wistful reflection and melancholy of “Dance Me to the End of Love” offers her a chance to remember the late Cohen, a fellow Canadian.


Skonberg’s three originals on With a Twist represent a little odyssey of songwriting – “Same Kind of Crazy,” written in Nashville with Jeff Cohen, and “How I Know,” written in Los Angeles with Sam Hollander. Of the album’s final track, “Time to Go,” she says simply, “I made that one up, and I wanted it on the album.” Fun fact about “Time to Go”: “The little lick in the intro and outro belong to a song by Dizzy Gillespie called ‘Dizzy Atmosphere,’” Skonberg notes. “The sentiment of that song lines up with the theme of this album – and Dizzy would’ve been 100 this year!”



Bria Skonberg: With a Twist Tracklisting

1 My Baby Just Cares for Me

2 Sway

3 Alright, Okay, You Win

4 Cocktails for Two

5 Whatever Lola Wants

6 Dance Me to the End of Love

7 It’s Oh So Quiet

8 How I Know *

9 High Hat, Trumpet, and Rhythm

10 Back in Your Own Back Yard

11 Same Kind of Crazy *

12 Thinking Out Loud

13 Time to Go *

* Original Song

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19 comments for “06/20/17 Bria Skonberg – With A Twist Trumpeter CD Giveaway

  1. Ann
    June 6, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I really enjoyed reading the Education section (under the “Work” drop-down) of her website. I learn that not only is she a “singer, trumpeter, and songwriter” (per the “Bio” section), she does all kinds of teaching! Workshops, outreach, clinics, jazz camps…
    I’m especially interested in learning more about this artist because I was a serious musician (trumpet and cello) from about 2nd grade to around my mid-undergraduate years. And it’s great to see female brass players! 🙂

  2. Ann Fantom
    June 7, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I learned that Bria plays a Bach Stradivarius 43 trumpet

  3. Donna Clifford
    June 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    She looks incredibly talented.

  4. Elizabeth
    June 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I learned that she’s a beautiful Canadian songwriter, singer and trumpeter! Her album was the 2017 JUNO winner Vocal Jazz Album of the Year!

  5. June 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Bria and co-director Molly Ryan established the NY Hot Jazz Camp with the inaugural camp held in the West Village, NYC in May 2016. I was part of the first group of campers to attend and sponsor this event. It was quite the experience to be in NYC, attend the camp and learn hot jazz from a faculty that is world known. I recommend the camp to any musician or vocalist who wants to experience hot jazz in a cool city. Visit http://www.nyhotjazzcamp.com for details.

  6. June 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    She is a 2017 JUNO winner!

  7. Shane A
    June 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    She earned 2017 JUNO winner Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

  8. susan smoaks
    June 16, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    i learned that she plays a Bach Stradivarius 43 trumpet, that’s really cool

  9. Ed
    June 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I adore that she labels herself as an instigator.

  10. peter gladue
    June 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Her debut LP, simply titled BRIA in September 2016 which won a Canadian JUNO award and made it to the top 5 on Billboard

  11. Stephanie Liske
    June 20, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Ms. Skonberg has become the shining hope of hot jazz.

  12. Philip Lawrence
    June 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I learned that she is a 2017 JUNO Winner.

  13. Mary rutter
    June 20, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    New Album CD Release Concert – June 2nd!

  14. kelly woods
    June 20, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    She is a singer, trumpeter, and songwriter and as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation. I was not familiar with her til now.

  15. Dynal Roberson
    June 20, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I learned that Bria is Canadian. 🙂

  16. Anita Jude
    June 20, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I learn Bria is a Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter one very talent woman

  17. Jerry Marquardt
    June 20, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I learned that she has “Shaking Up the Jazz World,” as a Millennial who plays a trumpet.

  18. Buddy Garrett
    June 20, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I learned that with her busy music career she still manages schoolwork.

  19. Kathy D
    June 20, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    She plays the Bach Stradivarius 43 trumpet

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